Home Comfort Trends for 2017

February 08, 2017

Envision it: you are gathering up your things at work and miles away at your home, the oven powers on to prepare dinner. The AC system is notified and lowers the temperature to deliver more cool air to balance out the oven’s extra heat. When you get home the lights automatically turn on as you walk in, dinner is prepared, and your home is at the perfect temperature.

That’s the goal! And also the type of advanced home interconnectivity that is accessible now and 2017 could be a crucial year for advancements in how your home’s heating and cooling systems function as part of the team.

“Smart phones transformed our lives in part because they enabled numerous apps to make our lives less challenging and richer,” said Rob Haines, Marketing Manager for Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. “We predict that in 2017, developers will be focusing on more new apps that let all of your home’s systems and appliances interact opposed to being siloed, and this will create breakout new advancements in how your home’s heating and cooling systems work.”

Smart thermostats and sophisticated newer HVAC systems can already send notifications to you about energy use and standard maintenance such as filter changes. Future systems might even be able to determine a possible equipment failure before it takes place and send a message to your HVAC repair company to reach out to you and arrange a technician’s visit. The technician will get to your home with the knowledge about the issue and the required parts to repair it.

Another feature in the making is the use of infrared heat sensing inside the home that will determine which rooms are in use by residents and actually send heating and cooling specifically to those regions.

“Zoned heating and air conditioning systems have been one of the fastest growing parts of the heating and cooling industry for quite a few years, and that will remain a huge opportunity,” said Haines. “Increasingly, systems will center on heating and cooling specific regions of the home as needed to upgrade comfort and energy efficiency.”

And yes, Haines adds, the millennials help drive the trends for at-home connectivity and more efficient heating and air conditioning systems. “As millennials buy their homes, they expect their home systems like heating and air conditioning to not only do what they are told, but to track and modify themselves and to proactively send notifications to the homeowner. We also notice that the millennials and Generation X are much more sophisticated about energy efficiency and those implications of their HVAC systems.”

While early 2017 is a great time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a fantastic time to take advantage of savings that will pay off in the future. Currently many Service Experts centers are offering free or deeply discounted equipment when you invest in a qualifying item, such as a free furnace when you purchase an air conditioner. Furnace tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coldest season of the year. Call Chief/Bauer Service Experts in Champaign today to schedule a no-charge in-home estimate or to set up a Precision tune up to make sure your heating equipment is ready to keep you warm and cozy all winter long.

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